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Making it Happen: The Autobiography by [Hester, Carl, Hewitt, Bernadette]
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The book is revealing, insightful and witty and a must for any dressage fanatic. (horseandhound.co.uk)

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The lively memoirs of dressage rider and Olympic Gold medallist Carl Hester, with a foreword by Martin Clunes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7230 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (8 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HW2EEAG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have followed Carl's career over many years. This book is delightful ; funny "out loud " , poignant , sad , hopeful and inspiring . Anyone involved with horses and particularly dressage horses will immediately connect with the tales of woe ( or should that be Whoa ?) , the training highlights and the low spots , the horses that go lame a day before a huge event , and that one that went lame most fortuitously in Uthopia's case when he was in immediate danger of being purchased for the oppositions Olympic Team ! . The heartbreak of parting with a beloved horse , loosing friends, gaining friends - all of life is encapsulated in this book .
Carl is no goody two-shoes (except where his horses' welfare are concerned ) , in fact, in the words of Brian Cohen's mother in The Life Of Brian " He's NOT the Messiah , he's a very naughty boy !" - and he IS, naughty, cheeky and wholly irreverent !
A 'must" read for anyone who loves watching Carl's horses dance - and boy , DO they dance !!!
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I am a great admirer of Carls, both as a rider and trainer. I love the care he takes of his horses, that each one is cared for a a special individual and particularly he fact they are looked after for life in so many cases. His writing is as though he is chatting to you, which is generally great, but occasionally it is easy to get a little confused with horses nicknames and the general huge cast of people involved. I bought the Kindle edition and I don't know if it is different to the book, but I would have loved to see some photos of horses and people. Names to faces works for me every time. however, I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in horses and dressage.
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Made for such an interesting read. Being about the same age and having been in the same business (but not at Carl's level) I knew many of the characters involved so it was particularly nostalgic for me. I love his honesty about how people have behaved, but he always comes across as forgiving and never vengeful - a cogent reminder to be kind to those who are lower down the pecking order than you as they may well end up on top of the pile as Carl has done!

Would have liked more about training each horse and the problems faced and how they were overcome - but that is just me and I don't imagine most readers would share this view - and I just need to read some of Carl's training books.
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A good story teller, an insight into the life of the legend he has become. Honest and open - just like him. Loved it because it wasn't just 'name dropping' (like some autobiography's) it was the whole picture. Loved it.
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Carl Hester is one of my favorite equestrians to watch, not only because of his riding but also because of his entertaining and accessible way of explaining dressage. He's delightfully funny and his love and concern for his horses always shines forth. The same is true of his autobiography. While I would agree with previous posters that this isn't a terribly linear narrative (autobiographies seldom are), it does make you feel as if you are sitting down in a pub with Carl, having a few drinks with him and listening to him chat about his life and the horses he has known (certainly not a bad thing).

Hester's life story is so improbable I'm not sure you could weave it into a convincing fictional tale (and as a fiction writer myself, I certainly wouldn't dare)--he was born into an unhorsey family (the child of a single mother), grew up on a remote island, took his first horse-related job at a therapeutic riding center...and finally make it to the Olympics. I loved reading about what life was like growing up on the island of Sark as well as his hilarious and self-depreciating anecdotes about the eventing, dressage, and general equestrian scene in Great Britain from the 1970s onward. His descriptions of the various horses and dressage tests he has ridden really make them come to life as if you are riding along with him.

My only tiny complaint (besides the somewhat rambling structure) is that I would have liked perhaps a bit more in the way of background details on some of the people--it's often taken for granted that the reader knows who he's talking about, without any introductory description, even for some of the more obscure personalities. And I wouldn't have minded a bit more detailed behind-the-scenes gossip but perhaps I'm just being greedy.
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Great read and very entertaining. Lovely stories about some of the antics Carl got up to in his youth, the horses in his life and his well earned rise to stardom.
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An inspirational insight into Carl's life. Humble, witty and just a lovely person which comes across in this tale to glory.
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A good read for anyone that knows Carl and has an interest in Dressage. Couldn't put it down. Very absorbing.
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